PokerStars Championship Barcelona: €10K High Roller final day kicks off with a plan

When the 34 remaining players in the €10,300 High Roller took their seats, they had a decision to make before play even began.

In a need to have the tournament finish before 3am (in order to empty the main tournament room for packing down), the tournament director presented the players with two options:

1. Shorten the levels to 50 minutes from the get go.

2. Play six one-hour levels, then shorten the levels to 45 minutes thereafter.

Option number two was the most popular, so there's hope we'll find a winner and a new millionaire (barring any deals) before 2am tonight.

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Kaiser's chief

Ronny Kaiser is the chip leader coming into the day with a stack of 2.69 million and blinds at 10K/20K with a 3K ante. Click here for a recap of all of yesterday's action.

Here's a peek at the final day seat draw:

TableSeatNameCountryChipsBig Blinds
11Sergio CabreraSpain846,00042
12Benjamin PollakFrance1,343,00067
13Davide MarchiItaly716,00036
14Quan ZhouChina1,189,00059
15Marc-Olivier PerraultCanada375,00019
16Conor BeresfordUnited Kingdom1,033,00052
18Timur MargolinIsrael255,00013
21Joaquin WalterUruguay310,00016
22Jakub MichalakPoland579,00029
23Christoph VogelsangGermany739,00037
24Francis-Nicolas BouchardCanada157,0008
25Jens LakemeierGermany695,00035
27Parker TalbotCanada1,358,00068
31Ihar SoikaBelarus824,00041
32Ronny KaiserSwitzerland2,696,000135
34JC AlvaradoMexico840,00042
35Stefan SchillhabelGermany230,00012
36Markus DurneggerAustria1,258,00063
37Georgios SotiropoulosGreece498,00025
38Tomi BroukFinland747,00037
41Jake CodyUnited Kingdom1,080,00054
42Nicolas ChouityLebanon381,00019
44Alexandre ReardFrance340,00017
45Oliver WeisGermany806,00040
46Luis Rodriguez CruzSpain1,893,00095
47Pascal HartmannGermany531,00027
48Emil PatelFinland1,222,00061
51Christopher KrukCanada510,00026
52Shawn BuchananCanada383,00019
53Marius GierseGermany1,292,00065
55Franz DitzGermany605,00030
56Fabrice MaltezFrance184,0009
57Sam GraftonUnited Kingdom658,00033
58Boris KolevBulgaria1,370,00069

Play has just got started, so keep checking back with the PokerStars Blog as the day goes on. In the meantime, here are some things to keep you occupied:

Main Event Final Table coverage - can Andre Akkari pull off a 'five-big-blind to champion' comeback?

Jake Cody interview - the Team Pro talks all about the cash game action in Macau.

Jeff Gross interview - we caught up with the Vlogging and Twitch expert.

For live updates, check in with our friends at PokerNews.

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Jack Stanton
@J_W_Stanton in Barcelona